Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to C-sections

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vitamin D C-sectionsWill you wind up with a C-section? Maybe eating more salmon will reduce your risk. While the U.S. rate of unnecessary Cesarean deliveries is apparently lower than originally thought, odds are still fairly high that you could have one. In 2005, nearly one in three babies in the United States was delivered via C-section.

Now new research suggests that a deficiency in vitamin D (salmon is source) could increase your risk for a C-section.

Researchers in Boston found that women who were deficient in vitamin D at the time of delivery were almost four times as likely to have a C-section as women who weren't. (A possible reason is that the deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and performance.) And apparently, the deficiency is widespread in industrialized nations.

How can you get more vitamin D? Exposure to sunlight is one way, but it's found naturally in very few foods -- salmon, tuna, and fish liver oils are the best sources. Most of the U.S. milk supply is fortified with vitamin D, and dietary supplements are a means, too.

Talk to your doctor about whether or not extra vitamin D would make sense for you.

And speaking of dietary supplements -- are you taking any? Prenatal vitamins? Iron? Something else your healthcare provider has recommended?

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